Dr. Alexandre Courtiol

Leibniz Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research, Berlin (Germany)







Professional Preparation



        senior staff scientist, Leibniz Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research, Berlin
        lecturer in statistics, Freie University, Berlin

    2011-2012: Marie Curie EURIAS junior research fellowship, Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin

    2010-2011: Kone Fundation Postdoctoral fellowship, Department of Animal and Plant Sciences, University of Sheffield

    2006­-2009: Ph.D in Evolutionary Biology, ISEM, University of Montpellier II, thesis: "Mate choice" (defended: 16th december 2009)


Selected Publications

Rousset F, Gouy A, Martinez-Almoyna C & Courtiol A (2017).The summary likelihood method and its implementation in the Infusion package. Molecular Ecology Resources

Courtiol A, Etienne L, Feron R, Godelle B & Rousset F (2016). The evolution of mutual mate choice under direct benefits. The American Naturalist

Courtiol A, Tropf FC & Mills MC (2016). When genes and environment disagree: making sense of trends in recent human evolution. PNAS

Niedballa J, Sollmann R, Courtiol A & Wilting A (2016). camtrapR: an R package for efficient camera trap data management. Methods in Ecology and Evolution

Wilting A, Courtiol A, Christiansen P, Niedballa J, Scharf AK, Orlando L, Balkenhol N, Hofer H, Kramer-Schadt S, Fickel J & Kitchener AC (2015). Planning tiger recovery: understanding intraspecific variation for effective conservation. Science Advances

Sommer S, Courtiol A & Mazzoni C (2013). MHC genotyping of non-model organisms using next-generation sequencing: a new methodology to deal with artefacts and allelic dropout. BMC Genomics

Courtiol A, Rickard IJ, Lummaa V, Prentice A, Fulford A & Stearns SC (2013). The demographic transition influences variance in fitness and selection on height and BMI in rural Gambia. Current Biology

Courtiol A, Pettay JE, Jokela M, Rotkirch A & Lummaa V (2012). Natural and sexual selection in a monogamous historical human population. PNAS






R packages



He is involved in the development of several R packages, including:

  •    IsoriX: a package dedicated to building isotopic landscapes
  •    spaMM: a package dedicated to fitting Generalized Linear Mixed Effects Models
  •    camtrapR: a package dedicated to the handling of camera trap data